JOHANNESBURG -- Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip put jobs and corruption at the top of his agenda as he assumed his new role on Thursday.
The Democratic Alliance mayor was elected uncontested during a chaotic first council meeting of the new term in Port Elizabeth.
“Unemployment in Nelson Mandela Bay has spiralled out of control – the youth of our metro are finding it harder and harder to find work and access to opportunities. This is unacceptable – youth unemployment is at 47 percent,” said Trollip.
He was addressing the council in Nelson Mandela Bay minutes after he was elected.
According to Trollip these are some of his key plans:
- There will be no more erosion of municipal services due to corruption and corrupt procurement practices.
- There will be no more wasting of resources on the glitz and glamour of irrelevant public events - flashy motor cars or wasteful expenditure on cadre deployment.
- An efficient, effective and highly skilled administration will be established, one that is nimble and responsive and will facilitate and attract investment that is desperately required to create and sustain economic growth and get the city working.
- The days of costly and duplicate mayoral satellite offices are over.
- Officials who do not hold prerequisite qualifications for the job they find themselves, in or who were appointed irregularly, will have their appointment carefully scrutinised and if found to have been appointed outside the ambits of the law, will have such appointments terminated.
- All ongoing disciplinary matters will be prioritised and finalised.
- Tourism will be a major focus of this administration – we have not explored our full potential as a tourism destination.
- In order to facilitate investment into the bay, a one stop shop will be established for all business-related municipal queries and applications. The objective of such a service will be to cut red tape and reduce the turnaround time of applications to the municipality.
- A jobs desk will be established in the mayor’s office.
- Dignified sanitation will be provided to all communities by the end of 2017 – it is time for this metros 30,000 buckets to go.
“Nelson Mandela Bay is open for business and will never be the same again,” said Trollip.